The Nek

The Nek

‘As they rose Turkish machine guns just poured out lead and our fellows went down like corn before a scythe.’ Only the New Zealanders ended the night march somewhere near their objective at dawn on August 7. As they climbed to the top of Rhododendron Ridge, they could...
The Middle East

The Middle East

‘A chap’s horse proves his best friend’ ‘Throughout history, mounted troops have been known as the elite men of arms and the Australian Light Horse is a part of that legendary tradition.’ https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/LIB100046415 An interpretation centre about...
The first week

The first week

‘They pinked me nicely – it was fun while it lasted’ Unable to achieve their objectives on the heights of Chunuk Bair and Achi Baba, the Anzacs and the British dug in. Gallipoli, like the Western Front, turned into a war of attrition. The German commander, Liman von...
The first night at Anzac

The first night at Anzac

Less than 24 hours after the landing, the Gallipoli expedition leader Sir Ian Hamilton was sound asleep in his cabin aboard the warship Queen Elizabeth. Both the British and the Anzac landings had been brutal as thousands died. At Cape Helles, the British had faced...
The Evacuation

The Evacuation

Evacuation: a successful strategy at last – but soaked in blood and wreathed in the ghosts of sacrificed comrades After facing the unpleasant truth about the Gallipoli tragedy, Field Marshal Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, visited Anzac for two hours on...